We’re looking for a Settlement Worker to work in a Settlement Team with the Whistler Multicultural Network, Sea to Sky Community Services and Capilano University in Whistler. The Settlement Worker supports newcomers and immigrants with questions about life in Canada, helps them access government and other services, and to work towards their individual goals in moving to Canada.
The position is half-time (minimum 20 hours/week) with possible additional hours depending on funding. We are looking to recruit as soon as possible with the new Settlement Worker in place by December 11.
Click here for the full job description Settlement & Integration Worker job posting Nov 2017
To apply, or for any queries, please contact Carole Stretch, Program Manager at:
Finally real spring is here and the Welcome Centre has so much to offer. Come and share some delicious food during our spring potluck, take a photography class and be part of our photo contest, or help to clean the Earth during Pitch In Day…
This spring, Monday settlement drop-in for any questions or information needs, and Friday drop-ins with skills training, cultural sharing and other activities continue each week. There’ll be more multicultural community kitchens and ESL groups continue. If you are interested in any of our programs or events please contact us by phone (604.698.5960) or email email@example.com
We had lots of programs over the season including the highly successful Tax Clinics. We also had several info sessions – Tod from Licence to Drive came to talk about how to successfully get your driver’s licence, Priscilla and Andrea visited from Work BC, and Mika from Sakura Bookkeeping gave us some tips on tax deductions and filing our taxes. We celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day and the Sakura festival. On April 10, we launched the Show Us Your Whistler photo challenge and we’re now full on planning for the Whistler Multicultural Festival.
For a full list of upcoming events and activities visit our website at
Show Us Your Whistler photo challenge celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and our great community, the WMN in partnership with the Library, is organizing the ‘Show us Your Whistler’ photo challenge. We are inviting all community members to take a photo showing how they ‘belong’ to Whistler, in the categories: My home, My culture, My town, My work, My family.
Winners in each category will be announced, and the See Your Whistler photo display will be launched, at the Whistler Multicultural Festival at the Library on June 9 at 6pm. Visit the See Your Whistler display from June 9 to September 6 at the Whistler Public Library.
FREE! photo workshops
As part of the photo challenge, we are organizing 2 free workshops at the Whistler Public Library on April 21 (10am to 12pm) and/or May 7 (6 to 8pm). Local photographer, Toshi Kawano, will teach the basics; composition, exposure, settings; and focus on photographing people (portrait and candid). Bring your camera, or just your phone, to learn more. To register, or for questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Since IRCC brought in changes to the Citizenship application process, they also introduced changes to the Citizenship Test, making it more difficult to pass. If you are preparing for your Citizenship Test, be sure to study the latest materials available on the CIC website http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/cit-test.asp
Pitch in Day
Next up – the WMN is participating in Pitch In Day this spring! You can volunteer and help clean the beautiful place we live in. We meet on May 6 at 9 AM in parking lot 4 by the staircase. Everyone will get free gloves, garbage bags and a t-shirt. After cleaning we will enjoy an amazing BBQ at the Fire Hall!!
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program – another year finished!
In total, between 9 volunteers and 4 tax clinics, we helped 83 individuals file their tax return. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated. Despite some technical hiccups, we managed to run each clinic smoothly and worked together as a team to solve problems. The WMN is heppy to work with the Whistler Public Library, Whistler Community Services, and Revenue Canada, to deliver this community service.
Parenting Across Cultures (PAC)
Hoping to have our funding confirmed shortly, Andrea has started spreading the word about PAC, and receiving lots of positive feedback and interest. We have invited Lana Lutke, a local certified counsellor who specialises in culture shock and adjustment, to facilitate the program. Lana is excited to be involved as she already helps clients with these issues in her practice as a counsellor. Carole and Andrea met with Jackie at WCSS, who run a comparable program called Birth, Baby & Beyond (BBB). They are planning to run 5 BBB sessions per year, as they find it difficult to keep up with the demand, and are welcoming PAC as an additional community resource.
|Multicultural Community Kitchens – taste all the flavours of the world
Contact us for more information about cooking at the Multicultural Community Kitchen at 604.388.5511 or email email@example.com
The popular Multicultural Community Kitchen program is back. We kick off the new season with Taiwanese food. Chia Chia will teach us how to cook and enjoy a traditional meal. For other kitchens, we will keep you posted with an updated calendar. Get your taste buds ready for an amazing journey around the world.
We’re happy to report that we’ve received funding for the Festival from Heritage Canada and Welcome BC this year. We’re also hoping to have more local sponsors so that the event can become more sustainable for the WMN to continue delivering.
Recruitment for performers, activity leaders and general volunteers is now open. The food team is busy planning what we’ll be selling this year, and spaces are open for the multicultural marketplace again.
If you’d like to participate in any way or have ideas for activities, performances, food, or other offerings, then contact the Welcome Centre by calling 604-698-5960 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been five years since the last census was taken, which means that it is time for residents of Canada to take another census. Starting in May, census questionnaires have begun to be delivered to Canadian households and if you have not already received yours you will soon. Do you know about the census and why it is important to complete it? Continue reading to get the answers these questions and more.
The census is taken every five years and gives a statistical picture of Canada and its people. Everyone living in Canada must complete the census. This includes Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, refugee claimants, and people who hold a valid work or study permit. If you think someone in your household should not complete the census, call the Census Help Line at 1-855-700-2016.
Each household in Canada will receive one census questionnaire to complete.
You will receive instructions about the census in the mail. You can decide if you would like to complete the census questionnaire online or on paper.
Under the Statistics Act all the information you give in the census questionnaire will be kept provide and no one but Statistics Canada will be able to see it. The information you provide will be used to help communities plan services, such as day care centres, schools, health care, language classes, police, fire protection, and residence for senior citizens that are needed.
Completing the census is a great way to provide your community with valuable information that will make planning services easier.
If you have any questions about the census you can call the Census Help Line (CHL) at 1-855-700-2016. The CHL is open Monday to Friday from 8AM to 8PM or Saturday and Sunday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.
You can also contact a settlement worker by email (email@example.com) or phone (604-698-5060).
For more information about the 2016 census click here
Are you and your family prepared to spend 72 hours on your own after a flood, earthquake, or forest fire? During an emergency you and your family could be on your own before emergency services are available and it is important that you and your family are prepared. It is Emergency Preparedness Week, from May 1 to 7 in Canada.
To make sure you are prepared when there is an emergency it is important to make sure that you;
For a full list of risks and hazards in Whistler click here
Click here to watch how you can make your own emergency plan.
– First-Aid kit
– battery-powered radio
– extra batteries
– cellphone and charger
– local maps with your family meeting place marked
– three days worth of food and water
– garbage bags
– dust masks
– extra clothing
For more information about Emergency Preparedness Week in Whistler click here
Come to next Friday Drop In to learn about what you need to do to stay safe in bear country this summer.
The session will talk about;
– The different bears in the Sea to Sky corridor
– What to do if you see a bear
– How to bear proof your home and campsite
Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be provided.
The bear safety information session will be on April 29th, 11:00 AM -12:00 PM at the Welcome Centre in the Whistler Public Library.
For more information please send an email to
This program aims to develop basic peer mentoring skills and knowledge of services and resources for immigrants in Whistler. Trained immigrant peer educators will be able to provide a knowledge resource for, and carry out outreach and information gathering on the issues and challenges being faced by, immigrants in Whistler.
10-12pm in the Community Room at the Whistler Public Library.
It’s tax season again and we have invited Mika from Sakura Bookkeeping to join us and answer questions about tax!
Mika will give us some general information followed by your questions. Don’t miss this special information session to learn all about the complicated Canadian system!
Please let me know if you have any specific questions and I will pass them on to Mika.
We’re so happy for Andrea, who’s welcoming her first baby at the end of January – but we’ll be sad without her too! With her going on mat leave at the end of December, we’re looking for someone to replace her from December 1, to make sure that we have a good handover.
We’re looking for someone who can work within our team to provide practical support and information to new and ‘about-to-be’ permanent residents, new Canadian citizens and refugees.
Here is the job description for this position: Settlement & Integration Worker job posting Nov 2015
To apply, please send your resume with cover letter and details of three work/volunteer related references we can contact to Program Manager: Carole Stretch at firstname.lastname@example.org
In March 2014, the government announced changes to the Citizenship Act. The Citizenship Act is the law that helps CIC decide who and how to become a Canadian citizen. CIC were able to implement many of the changes during the past year – citizenship fees rose to $530 (+$100 Right to Citizenship), processing times are generally shorter and CIC staff were given more authority to decide what a complete application looks like.
On June 11, 2015 the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, was able to introduce the remainder of the changes to the Citizenship Act. Here is a brief summary of the changes which will affect many applicants:
New residency requirements:
In addition, you:
New age requirements:
New Income Tax Requirements:
WMN is running a two-part resume workshop especially for ESL speakers and non-Canadians. Learn how to create a resume that will get you the job you are looking for.
Workshop 1: Tuesday September 22: 3-5.30pm at the Whistler Public Library. Tips and help to prepare your resume.
Workshop 2: Tuesday October 6: 3-5.15pm at the Whistler Public Library. Review and improve your new resume.
If you have a resume already, please bring it with you. If not, just be ready to ask and answer questions.
These workshops are personalized, so places are limited.
For full details click here Resume Workshops fall 2015.